Summer Sips: Capturing the Secret World of Wildlife

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2020

Time: 4:30PM - 6:00PM

Instructor: Ben Teton

Location: Zoom Meeting

Sliding Scale starting at $15

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Join us for the 10th annual Summer Sips Series

In this lecture, Wildlife Biologist and Conservation Scientist Ben Teton explores how wildlife camera trapping is revolutionizing our ability to conserve wildlife, explore our environment and connect with the natural world. Images and videos from his cameras provide an intimate window into the world of our wild neighbors, offering insights and perspective into their everyday struggle to survive across California’s remaining open space. Ben’s presentation will describe the ways in which modern camera trapping techniques are improving our ability to understand and conserve wildlife here in California and around the world. He draws on the history of camera trapping as a creative pursuit and explains how the world’s most acclaimed wildlife photographers are using this technology to bring us closer to the worlds most fascinating creatures. Ben’s talk will also introduce how these cameras can be used as an easy and fun way to engage the outdoors, test your skills as a tracker or explore your own backyard.


Image of Ben Teton, Preserve Manager and Wildlife Biologist at CNLM Panoche Valley PreserveBen Teton is the Preserve Manager and Wildlife Biologist at CNLM Panoche Valley Preserve. Over the last 10 years, Ben’s work in wildlife conservation has ranged from studying marine turtles in Costa Rica to California condor in the foothills of Ventura County. While working for the Tejon Ranch Conservancy over the last five years, Ben developed and maintained one of the largest wildlife camera trapping arrays in the western United States, data from which are being used to help researchers and land managers better understand the interactions between invasive wild pigs and the native ecology they disrupt. Early this year Ben accepted a position with the Center for Natural Lands Management, where he manages a wilderness preserve in the Panoche Valley and uses camera traps to track populations of endangered San Joaquin kit fox.

Check out our other summer lectures

May 30th: Capturing the Secret World of Wildlife
Ben Teton, Widlife Biologist and Conservation Scientist

June 27th: Not All Butterflies Fly: Mariposa Lilies of Southwest California
Fred Roberts, Botanist, Author, and Artist

July 25th: The Green Cure: The Scientific Evidence for Nature as Medicine
John La Puma, MD, Physician, Author, and Educator

If you have trouble registering, please contact the Registrar at 805-682-4726 ext. 102

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